Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Policy

Procedure:

If, when commencing the childminding relationship with the child, or during the relationship, the
parents notify us of specific Special Educational Need and/or Disability (SEND) for their child we will:

  • ask for details of the needs (including any reports that analyse the child’s needs) and what the parents are already doing to support their needs;
  • draw up a plan with the parents that would identify any specific support that should be given to the child for their day to day welfare as well as to help the child develop.



During our time caring for the child we will endeavour to:

  • include the child within the activities enjoyed by the other children;
  • support the child to continue to develop a positive self-image;
  • make reasonable adjustments, adaptations, provide additional resources and adapt activities and routines to ensure all children, including those who are disabled or have special educational needs feel included, valued and supported.
  • ensure both other cared for and our own children understand the special needs of the child and that they are supporting a positive environment for the child;
  • regularly review, monitor and evaluate our practice and keep up to date by attending relevant training.
  • Work within the SEND code of practice guidelines.
  • regularly review our risk assessments to ensure accessibility and reasonable adjustments are made.
  • liaise with outside agencies with the parents’ permission and obtain support and advice where needed on how to best support a child with their particular additional needs.
  • endeavour to support the child and their family in whichever way is needed.
 
For further information on how we support children with SEND please click here for our Local Offer document.

 

If we suspect that a child already in our care has a specific problem we will:

    • note down our observations and will liaise with the parents on the subject.
    • liaise with outside agencies with the parents’ consent and obtain support and advice where needed on how to best support a child with their particular additional needs.
    • draw up a plan with the parents that would identify any specific support that should be given to the child for their day to day welfare as well as to help the child develop.
    • We have taken special needs related courses to further our knowledge and skills.